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Las Vegas Plans On NHL Ready Arena By 2016-17 Season

from Don Muret of SportsBusiness Daily,

AEG and MGM Resorts Int’l have selected Populous to design a new arena in Las Vegas, according to Tim Romani, president and CEO of Icon Venue Group, the owners' representative for the project. AEG and MGM announced last month they had formed a joint venture to build the privately financed facility. The total project cost is $350M, of which $225-250M is hard construction costs.

The 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to break ground in the summer of ‘14 and open in the spring of ‘16. The site, between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, just off the Vegas Strip, is the centerpiece of a redevelopment by MGM, owner of those two properties.

There is no proposed major league tenant for the arena, but it will be designed to NBA and NHL standards, similar to Sprint Center in K.C., Romani said.


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Primis's avatar


#1, wait what?  I was in Vegas maybe… 4 or 5 years ago?... And between NYNY and Monte Carlo was ALREADY being built up with high-rise apts and possibly a hotel.  There’s no room there for an arena.  Walking from the south part of the strip where we stayed, to get to the rest north of there you had to go under a covered, protected area to protect from the construction going on at that time.  Unless I’m mis-remembering locations (and I don’t think I am) I have no clue where they think they’d be building.

#2… Vegas is not possibly capable of sustaining a NHL franchise.  It’s been questionable lately if they’re capable of sustaining a minor pro franchise.  The Wranglers front office has to do a ridiculous job with promotions to get what crowd they do get.  Back in the day in the old IHL the Thunder did quite well but… things have changed greatly, both economically and otherwise.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/13 at 01:05 PM ET

SYF's avatar

No.  The CityCenter is actually NORTH of the Monte Carlo, Primis.  There is an empty lot adjunct to a back entrance of the Monte Carlo.  I’m having trouble visualizing a $350 million arena back there, but then again, the civil engineers in this town are really bright.  They know how to make space.

I’ve heard these same talks before.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/18/13 at 01:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

IF this goes through, Gary.Ass and his perplexingly idiotic group of market researchers are out of their fuching minds if they think I’m gonna give up my loyalty to the Red Wings and cheer on the newly transferred team whoever they are. When the Wings visit, THEN that’s the only time I’ll ever go to a hockey game in the new arena and I’m sure the same would go for the Pens and Kings fans in this town.  Otherwise, I’m sticking with spending my hockey-watching dollars on the Wranglers at the ECHL level.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/18/13 at 01:42 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I’ve heard these same talks before.  I’ll believe it when I see it

Same here in KC with the Spring Center. Just because the city has the arena does not mean it will support a team.
We’ve had 3 different minor league teams in my 13 years here and each has packed its bags for greener pastures.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/18/13 at 02:45 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

and when a team bolts from current location to Virginia(remember the talk about that?)  the wings will get moved back. Consider the East, temporary. Midget gets the last laugh.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 06/18/13 at 03:17 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Hey it’s 114 degrees out, lets go watch some hockey! Look it’s a tranny walking down the strip and a preacher on the overpass bridge warning people about the evils of gambling. Lets go to a hockey game!
No MLB, NFL or NBA teams in Sin City for a reason.
Hey it’s bring a hooker to the game night get a free hot dog.


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/18/13 at 05:22 PM ET

igrover's avatar

The main problem with Las Vegas for a pro sports team is that the entire city’s business industry is centered around nighttime gambling, entertainment and eating.  A good percentage of the population works at night.  And a good portion of those visitors to Las Vegas have other things on their mind to do than go watch a hockey game at night.

Posted by igrover on 06/18/13 at 05:42 PM ET

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